Drive Me Crazy
Then again, maybe we don’t, because the full script would read “In The Future….Your butt will help you make your life-or-death driving decisions!!”
That’s the message we picked up at a demonstration this morning of the Cars of Tomorrow, put on by General Motors.
Drivers will soon be hit with a ton of additional information, as wi-fi set-ups tell them when a car is approaching their blind spot or crashes are imminent.
We got behind the wheel of some kind of Cadillac to test the system out on a Reliant Stadium parking lot. The car was fitted with a small screen on the dash, slightly larger than a Blackberry, that relayed info on approaching cars.
If you’re about to rear-end someone, the front of the seat fires up. And your seat-belt pulls tighter on you
“It’s a way to alert the driver to a potential threat without annoying them too much,” says Donald Grimm, a GM researcher.
Whether a female might…ummmm….appreciate a vibrating seat more than a male was a question we didn’t ask Grimm.
But if you’re driving down the highway in a few years and see a brand-new Caddy swerving and tail-gating while the driver seems to be really enjoying herself, you’ll know what’s going on. – Richard Connelly